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Students from JSC’s Model UN attend conference in Boston

Students from JSC’s Model UN attend conference in Boston

Agathe Fredette

March 10, 2016

Every year, students from over 70 colleges and universities across the globe come together to participate in the Harvard National Model United Nations conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Each school’s Model UN team or club is assigned a country to represent at the HNMUN conference where they participate...

Badger Alternative Break explores access to education in Nicaragua

Badger Alternative Break explores access to education in Nicaragua

Avery Bliss

March 10, 2016

This past break, a group from Johnson State College Badger Alternative Breaks went to Nicaragua as a part of their Education for All program. Centered in Monte Tabor, a small community outside of the capital city of Managua, the trip was focused on building from the ground up. In this particular case,...

BAB makes an impact in Detroit

BAB makes an impact in Detroit

Cayla Fronhofer

March 10, 2016

As part of the yearly Badger Alternative Breaks program, 12 members of JSC’s community ventured part-way across the country over February break to help out with community service in Detroit. Although sometimes called Motor City for its time as a shining example of American industrialism, Detroit...

My encounter with Cuban health care

My encounter with Cuban health care

Rusty Freeman

March 10, 2016

Recently, I traveled with a class from Johnson State called “The Art and Culture of Cuba.” The trip provided countless unforgettable memories for everyone on the trip. A saying we kept using on the trip, considering that in Cuba things don’t always go as planned, was, “It’s either a good time...

Life can be a drag

Life can be a drag

Avery Bliss

February 18, 2016

The gentle scent of cucumbers and melons wafts before her face, past the green strands of a wig topped by a red bow, past layers of makeup that smell of cool, dry powders. Her heels are aching from dancing for so long in knee-high platform boots, which are a welcome change from the previous black pumps. ...

Downhill Racer

Downhill Racer

Ian Major

February 18, 2016

A JSC assistant professor in the mathematics department, Greg Petrics started at JSC in 2011. He has really enjoyed his time working towards getting his students to take an interest in math. Petrics moved to Vermont at a young age, quickly finding a passion in alpine skiing and his own personal schooling....

Full heart, empty wallet

Full heart, empty wallet

Cayla Fronhofer

February 18, 2016

Pink and red. Babies with heart-shaped weaponry. Candlelit dinners for two. An empty wallet. Crushing despair and loneliness. A single rose. Each year, Valentine’s Day comes in an explosion of love and hearts and then promptly exits the stage, leaving behind the debt of expensive gifts and the...

J-1 Visa students hit the slopes

J-1 Visa students hit the slopes

Ian Major and Rusty Freeman

February 18, 2016

If you visit Jay Peak Resort this winter, you might find Peruvians Diego Calderón Quevedo, and Jorge Andrés Sánchez smiling as they come down the slopes. Peruvian students have been given the opportunity to spend the winter months at ski resorts across Vermont through the J-1 Visa program that...

JSC alum manages Jay Peak’s terrain park

JSC alum manages Jay Peak’s terrain park

Ian Major

February 18, 2016

With the low light and brisk temperature that come with a typical New England winter morning, you will find yourself picking up on the scent of burning diesel fuel and the distant roars of snow cats preforming final trail preparations for the day at ski resorts across Vermont. 2012 Johnson State College...

The Bird Nerd of Johnson

The Bird Nerd of Johnson

Mary Fafard

February 18, 2016

Walking on top of crunchy white snow with trees overhead and chickadees singing, Steve Lamonde catches a glimpse of a gold-tinted bird in the distance. “Oh my God, that is definitely a Gold Crested Kinglet,” says Lamonde. The moment is short but it piques Lamonde’s enthusiasm. His binoculars point...

Finding wisdom in India

Finding wisdom in India

Hunter Mallette

February 5, 2016

Two Johnson State College students traveled to the foothills of India to immerse themselves in Buddhism over winter break, leaving the day after Christmas and earning 6 credits in the process. Having no pre-departure group meetings, Marina Turco and Brittany Miracle embarked across the globe with 19 ...

Chris Grabon’s dream

Chris Grabon’s dream

Hunter Mallette

February 4, 2016

Chris Grabon is living his dream. Nearly two years after becoming the new owner of a long-established main street coffee shop in Johnson, he has renamed and redecorated the former Lovin’ Cup, now known as The Dream Café. "The idea of me owning the café was always a dream. It never seemed plausible...

Annie Lu’s cookin’ with gas

Annie Lu’s cookin’ with gas

Rusty Freeman

February 4, 2016

Closure of Wok-in-House, long the go-to option for Chinese food in Johnson, meant the end of local, affordable Chinese food – at least until recently, when the establishment re-opened with a different name, Johnson’s Kitchen, and under new ownership. Owner Annie Lu is no stranger to the restaura...

You can tune that gear yourself

You can tune that gear yourself

Ian Major

December 17, 2015

So this year you decided to go ahead and spend that substantial amount of money on a new pair of skis or snowboard. Now wouldn’t you like to be able to keep those new glorified planks in tiptop shape without bringing them to the shop every few weeks? All you need to do this is a handful of materials....

Opening day at Jay: no pow-pow

Opening day at Jay: no pow-pow

Ian Major

December 17, 2015

While many Vermonters take to the woods and their hunting camps after their Thanksgiving meals, the rest of us hit the slopes for opening weekend. After approximately six months of waiting, the day is finally here. The past six months have been filled with continuous anticipation buildup, and online...

EarthWalk Vermont teaches teens lessons in sustainable living

EarthWalk Vermont teaches teens lessons in sustainable living

Elena Houriet

December 17, 2015

EarthWalk Vermont, a nonprofit nature education organization located in the Winooski River Valley in Plainfield, Vermont, on the Goddard College campus, prides itself on being a leader in innovative learning. Primarily focusing on young children and teens, EarthWalk works with youths to explore and...

Ginger Irish has had “Enough”

Ginger Irish has had “Enough”

Sam Hartley

November 12, 2015

Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock. Two scribbly paper cut-out figures, a clothed man and a nude woman, enter the screen in jiddery-jerky stop-motion fashion. The background is fiery yellow-orange. He floats above. She sinks until only her head is visible. A little white rectangle with a penned “LESS THAN” pops...

Strange places and skeletal faces

Strange places and skeletal faces

Marilyn Tagliavia

November 12, 2015

Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Virginia, though not unfamiliar with Vermont, graduate student in counseling Sarah Golden has returned to Johnson State College ten years post graduation to work in the SERVE office. As the coordinator of community service, Golden organizes and runs mentoring...

Agran ponders big money, small town heroes and heaven

Agran ponders big money, small town heroes and heaven

Avery Bliss

October 19, 2015

Rick Agran teaches a variety of courses in the Writing and Literature department, including Introduction to Photojournalism. What are you proudest of? In my professional life, one of the things I’m proudest of is having Garrison Keillor read my poems on Writer’s Almanac. That was a big moment for...

Tibet

Tibet

Kayla Friedrich

October 19, 2015

After a 2-week-long journey halfway around the world, as part of a Wisdom Study Abroad Tour with Castleton Professor Jim Hagan this summer, it is hard to believe that I would experience more of a culture shock returning to the United States than I did when entering Tibet, but somehow I did. Hagan...

Yuuka Kaneko

Yuuka Kaneko

Kayla Friedrich

October 19, 2015

Students choose to attend a specific college for many reasons including financial aid packages, cost of attending, programs offered, student success rate, distance from home…but at 21 years old, she chose Johnson State College with a very different mindset. JSC has a miniscule international student...

Life according to Tammy Goss

Life according to Tammy Goss

Sam Hartley

September 29, 2015

Born in Burlington, Vermont, Tammy L. Goss is currently employed as an Assistant Registrar and VA Certifying Official for Johnson State College. She’s a graduate of JSC and a long-time resident of Lamoille County, having lived in Johnson for over 20 years. She has worked at the college for 10 years,...

Waist training brings back a Victorian-era fad

Waist training brings back a Victorian-era fad

Megan Benway

May 7, 2015

The young adolescent girl’s already pale knuckles turn white as she wraps her fingers around the corner of her wardrobe, bracing herself. Her nurse, a large woman with a stern face, mercilessly yanks the ribbons of the girls’ corset. Again and again. Tighter and tighter. You watch the scene on your...

The true meaning of Memorial Day

John Berthiaume

May 7, 2015

The smell of burning charcoals fills the summer air as the burger patties slowly begin to sizzle on the grill. Friends and family are piled in the backyard, kids are laughing and running about, while the grown ups are clanking beer bottles and telling stories around the grill. It’s Memorial Day,...

Repairing American and Cuban relations

John Berthiaume

May 7, 2015

­In 1961, in the heat of the Cold, War the United States severed its ties with Cuba. The separation came shortly after Communist leader Fidel Castro and his brother Raul Castro seized control of Cuba. The isolation between the United States and Cuba has outlasted 10 United states presidents, a failed...

The language of a restaurant: How I became aware of the Nepalese

The language of a restaurant: How I became aware of the Nepalese

Travis LeClair

May 7, 2015

The head-chef Charles- father, lacrosse coach, marathon runner and Dead-head calls out the ticket: “garlic broccoli, two pork potstickers, peking duck, two soups, lo-mein, tangerine chicken” Ben, a tattooed, Lego fanatic stands two wok’s away from me. He yells: “Om, mixed greens! Red peppers!...

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Laissez-faire or Faustian Bargain?

Sam Hartley

April 23, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Merely reading the name makes eyes glaze over and drool leak out of the corner of the mouth. I’m willing to bet that if the average American were to list off a series controversial political issues, ‘trade agreements’ wouldn’t even come to mind. This is because...

Cats piss of contractors

Russell Freeman

April 23, 2015

It was mid-summer of 2014, and, being the kind to enjoy my free time and despise taxes, I was becoming relatively adept at finding impromptu blue collar, under the table jobs. Hopping from job to job, things often did not differ much, with tasks ranging from weed-whacking to power washing, and jobs...

Nepalese church offers community for Bhutanese refugees

Nepalese church offers community for Bhutanese refugees

Travis LeClair

April 23, 2015

The Vine Nepalese Church Offers Home and Community for Refugees. Dan Raut’s one bedroom apartment is noisy and welcoming: children are playing tag while parents, family members, and new friends are chatting in a language foreign to my ears. In the small bedroom a Nepali girl sings with headphones,...

Hotel hacks: Communication for your vacation

Hotel hacks: Communication for your vacation

Megan Benway

April 23, 2015

A hotel is a living, breathing mechanism, and all of the pieces must be working in alignment in order for the structure to run smoothly. In a hotel, the staff are the nuts and bolts working together. Everywhere from the housekeepers you never saw cleaning your room, to the front-desk attendant who checked...

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